The European healthcare sector is a complex sector, which encompasses a large variety of products and services. A large number of SMEs operate in this industry sector and UEAPME via its Medical Technologies (Meditech) Forum seeks to influence the European Institutions so as to guarantee that legislation in this field remains adaptable for SMEs.
UEAPME’s Meditech Forum
The UEAPME Meditech Forum brings together European representatives from almost 100,000 manufacturers of custom-made medical devices such as dental and other prostheses, orthopaedic footwear, hearing aids and spectacles. Participants include experts from European healthcare associations, national SME associations and NORMAPME. The Forum sends joint experts to the EU Medical Device Expert Group monitoring the implementation of the medical devices directive, and to the CEN Healthcare Forum in charge of European standardisation in this sector.
Currently, the following associations form the Forum:
|FEPPD||Féderation Européenne et Internationale des Patrons Prothésistes Dentaires (http://www.feppd.eu)|
|Interbor||International Association of Orthotists and Prosthetists (http://www.interbor.org)|
|ADDE||Association of Dental Dealers in Europe (http://www.adde.info)|
|SVOT||Schweizerischer Verband der Orthopädietechniker (http://www.asto.ch)|
|BIV-OT||Bundesinnungsverband Orthopädietechnik (http://www.ot-forum.de)|
|VDZ||Verband deutscher Zahntechnikerinnungen (http://www.vdzi.de)|
|BIHA||Bundesinnung der Hörgeräteakustiker (http://www.biha.de)|
|CHD||Schweizerischer Verband des Dentalhandels|
|ECO||Europäische Cooperation Orthopädieschuhtechnik (http://www.eco-cooperation.org)|
09/06/2006: Position of the UEAPME NORMAPME Healthcare Forum regarding the suggestion to modify the Commission proposal relating to ANNEX VIII of Proposal for a Directive amending Council Directive 93/42/EEC of 14 June 1993 concerning medical devices
05/05/2006: Comments of the UEAPME NORMAPME Healthcare Forum regarding the idea of introducing a general obligation to have a quality management system for manufacturers covered by the Proposal for a Directive amending Council Directive 93/42/EEC of 14 June 1993 concerning medical devices